A state appeals court Tuesday denied Harvey Weinstein’s 11th-hour bid to move his trial out of Manhattan.
The decision from the Appellate Division First Department came just half a day before opening statements were slated to begin Wednesday morning in the disgraced producer’s rape trial.
Weinstein lawyer Arthur Aidala filed an emergency motion on Thursday asking for the change of venue, arguing that the summoning of Gigi Hadid as a prospective juror had triggered negative publicity and created a “carnival-like atmosphere.”
“Ms. Hadid attracts her own press and her presence also increases the number of spectators and protesters outside of the courthouse,” Aidala wrote in the filing.
The motion also argued that more than 75 percent of jurors who were summoned in the case said they couldn’t be fair and impartial.
The appeals court shot down a similar request to move the trial last August.
Weinstein is charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault, two counts of rape and one count of criminal sexual act stemming from the allegations of three women.
Lead defense attorney Donna Rotunno declined to comment.
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